Column: Season’s greetings as Concert Band returns after 2 years

For my Christmas Eve column, I write about the holiday concert by the Pomona Concert Band from Sunday, the one at which I emceed for the first time (tingle!). If I’m any judge, a pleasant time was had by all. Also: the LA 101 restaurant list goes back to snubbing the IE, I ask readers to tell me a hope they hold for 2022 and Redlands is buying an unusual building for its new police HQ: a vacant Kmart.

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A tribute to Magu

A mural for Gilbert “Magu” Lujan was dedicated Aug. 14, with comments from the artists, Lujan’s family and others during a ceremony near the sprawling piece in the 200 block of South Main Street in downtown Pomona. I wrote a column in June about the piece in progress and attended the dedication.

Lujan, who died in 2011, lived a few blocks away from the mural site from 1999 to 2007 and was an active part of the Arts Colony. Below, muralists Wayne Healy, left, and David Botello said during the dedication that they felt their old friend’s spirit present as they worked. One of Lujan’s sons said the mural will help keep his memory alive.

It’s worth checking out. With the decorated frame, the mural is 52 feet by 17 feet, so there’s a lot to absorb.

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